White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday insisted that President Donald Trump hasn't gotten enough credit for being tough on Russia, despite the fact that Trump has never once personally criticized the country.
"The irony of this situation is that the President has been incredibly tough on Russia," Spicer said while commenting on the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who stepped down after revelations that he had lied about talking with Russia's ambassador about American sanctions against the country.
Given Trump's repeated past praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin, many Twitter users erupted in howls of laughter after Spicer touted the president's supposed "toughness" against the country.
A sample of the top reactions follows below.
Spicy just claimed that Trump has been incredibly tough on Russia, and I laughed so hard I think I peed a little! #flynn #RESIST— Regi Brittain (@Regi Brittain)1487096887.0
'Wait. Wait. And then Sean Spicer said that Trump has been incredibly tough on Russia!' #FlynnResignation @PressSec… https://t.co/b8UZX0mya3— V (@V)1487097000.0
Spicer: "Irony is President Trump has been incredibly tough on Russia." Did he forget to lube last time? #Trump #russiagate #spicersays— Anau Jiram (@Anau Jiram)1487096882.0
He didn't even send Putin roses this Valentine's Day. https://t.co/eSBGIB3xRL— Mark Salter (@Mark Salter)1487096661.0
"The irony of this situation is that the President has been incredibly tough on Russia" - #Spicy https://t.co/iKmzVYr0Q0— Rachel Jogo (@Rachel Jogo)1487096832.0
"The President has been incredibly tough on Russia" @seanspicer 2/14/17... I LOL. I LMFAO. I ROF. I peed my pants. No wonder SNL skyrocket!— Shilouette2017 (@Shilouette2017)1487096754.0
Flynn resigned? Russia missiles deployed? Russian spy ship found 70 miles off US coast? Sean Spicer, Trump, and G… https://t.co/4toYEAAuct— Michael 🌞 (@Michael 🌞)1487097175.0
Spicer claims Trump's "tough on Russia". Tough as in letting them only have 1 national security secret this week instead of 2?— 1TermClownPresident* (@1TermClownPresident*)1487097096.0
Spicer's idea of Trump being hard on Russia https://t.co/T0oADOHVhY— Karyn Brown M.F.I.C. (@Karyn Brown M.F.I.C.)1487097031.0